3 days until the Fringe Christmas Bazaar!

Yes, that’s right, I am onto my second (and last) Christmas fair of the season!  This Saturday 7th December, I will be at my regular Muswell Hill haunt, Fringe108, for their shindig.  I’ll be demonstrating knitting and crochet techniques, people can stop by for drop-in sessions or advice, and I’ll also have some of my Frosted Flowers patterns for sale and the sample pieces available for people to see.  Those who’ve had a go at crochet and know the basic stitches can have a go at making this cute snowflake:

Snowflake

I’m particularly excited about being at Fringe this Saturday because it is more than just a knitting shop – it is a beautiful boutique filled with inspiring examples of artisans’ work.  Not only can you buy quality wool – you can also buy amazing crocheted wire jewellery, gorgeous hand-printed scarves and other textile or clothing items lovingly created by local designer-makers.

When I first visited Fringe, back in the summer, I had a great time poring over the displays and marvelling at the talents of other people; this weekend, these ‘other people’ will become names and faces as I finally get to meet them!  It’s a lonely life being a sole trader or designer/maker, and in between making crocheted snowflakes I’ll be doing my best to make sure I meet everyone responsible for making Fringe’s colourful, enticing shelves…well, colourful and enticing!  The shop is going to be decked out in all sorts of lovely decorations and I will do my best to capture some photos to share the Christmas spirit of the day.

As Advent has begun, I am now prepared to entertain the notion that Christmas isn’t far away; therefore carols and hymns and other festive things can take centre stage.  This also includes knitting Christmas presents.  I have drastically cut down on the amount of things I make for people at this time of year, and this year I was particularly grateful to have done so given that it has been an extremely busy six months!  Luckily I am blessed with patient friends and relatives, including the dear friend who’ll be the recipient of this cheerful yellow coat:

SunnyXmasCoatThe design you see is from Kim Hargreaves’ Smoulder and is called Holt.  There is no way that it’ll be done by Christmas – I told you my nearest and dearest were VERY understanding! – but it will be done before spring arrives; of that I can be sure.  The yellow colour is gorgeous and I can’t wait to start knitting with the yarn, it has been a while since I made anything out of Big Wool and the near-instant gratification offered by super chunky yarn is always a winner.  My friend is super-excited about her almost-Christmas coat, and I can’t wait to cast on!  ‘Tis the season to be cosy, cheerful and making something either snuggly or delicious…I’ve been told to look forward to the mince pies on Saturday 🙂  If you’re in the neighbourhood, do stop by Fringe.  It’s going to be a wonderful day!

2 thoughts on “3 days until the Fringe Christmas Bazaar!

  1. Hi Natalie!!!, i have been stalking your blog for the past few months & i must say i love the way you write. you are so interesting!
    also the colour you picked for Hot is beautiful. its fast becoming my favorite winter colour.
    I miss your creative influence so much!
    best wishes
    Lydia

    1. Hello Lydia! Lovely to hear from you, and thank you for saying such lovely things about my blog – it can be a bit strange typing in front of a computer screen with no real idea of whom I’m speaking/writing to, so it’s nice to have a few faces in mind 🙂 hope all’s well with you. Love, N x

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